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October 15, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 19



CONTENTS
USPS Investigation

Construction Industry Unemployment at Highest September Rate Ever Recorded

Modest Improvement in Architecture Billings Index

Federal Report Shows Neglect of Infrastructure Is Hurting Construction Firms and Costing Jobs, Construction Official Says

NEMA Publishes Standard for Electricity Meters

Electrical Contract in Arkansas

Electrical Contract in Missouri

Business Brief

Majority of Building and Lighting Professional are Focused on Energy Efficiency

64% of U.S. Electric Vehicle Charge Points to be Residential Units

OSHA Cites Spartech for Violations at Illinois Facility

Pulp & Paper Industry Committee 2011 Technical Conference

WE10

Code Change Conferences Are Coming


 
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    Coming Up in EC&M
    USPS Investigation
    Allegations of serious safety violations at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Network Distribution Center in Kansas City, Kan., have prompted a review of electrical violations at postal facilities nationwide. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the bulk mail facility for seven repeat and 21 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws. In addition to proposing a $191,000 penalty for the Kansas City, Kan., facility, the U.S. Department of Labor filed a complaint asking the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to order the Postal Service to correct electrical violations at all of its facilities nationwide.

    An article in the November issue of EC&M will chronicle this investigation. If you have any information regarding the alleged violations and the OSHA investigation and would like to share it for possible inclusion in the article, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    Around the Circuit
    Construction Industry Unemployment at Highest September Rate Ever Recorded
    The number of people working in construction is approaching a 14-year low now that the industry lost 21,000 jobs in September, while construction unemployment is at a September high of 17.2% percent, according to an analysis of federal employment figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The construction industry continues to suffer from declining investments in construction and broad uncertainty about the future of many federal infrastructure programs and tax rates, association officials note.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


    Modest Improvement in Architecture Billings Index
    Still not entering into the positive phase, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) increased for the third straight month in August. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to twelve-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., reported the August ABI score was 48.2, up slightly from a reading of 47.9 the previous month. This score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was also up, moving from 53.1 to 54.6.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


    Federal Report Shows Neglect of Infrastructure Is Hurting Construction Firms and Costing Jobs, Construction Official Says
    A new federal report detailing underinvestment in transportation is a sobering reminder of the tremendous economic costs of years of underinvestment in the nation's transportation infrastructure, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). As the report makes clear, says AGC, our collective failure to repair aging roads and bridges, expand transportation capacity or address chronic traffic congestion is costing businesses billions in lost productivity and workers tens of thousands of jobs..

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


    NEMA Publishes Standard for Electricity Meters
    The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI C12.20-2010, "American National Standard for Electricity Meters—0.2 and 0.5 Accuracy Classes." The standard, last published in 2002, was produced by the ANSI C12 Accredited Standards Committee for Electricity Metering, Subcommittee 16.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Contract in Arkansas
    Nabholz Construction Services, Conway, Ark., is accepting bids on the electrical contract for the West Side Baseball/Softball Facility. Bids are due by 2 p.m. CST on October 21. Send all bids to David Williams at Nabholz Construction Services by fax at (501) 327-8231 or hand deliver to 612 Garland St., Conway, AR 72032.


    Electrical Contract in Missouri
    A.L. Huber, Kansas City, Mo., is bidding on the 807 Wyandotte Renovation Project and is seeking bids from qualified MBE or SBE electrical subcontractors. Bids are to be received no later than 1:30 p.m. CST on October 21. Interested parties can call (913) 341-4880 or fax (913) 341-1940.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Delmar, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, recently announced a new distribution agreement with Grainger, North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products. Building trades professionals will now be able to purchase Delmar training products and reference materials through Grainger.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.


    Majority of Building and Lighting Professional are Focused on Energy Efficiency
    An inaugural survey conducted by Osram Sylvania reveals the priorities and experiences of more than 350 facilities decision makers and lighting designers across the education, healthcare, hospitality, office, and retail sectors. The survey illuminates the current and emerging needs of building professionals and defines how highly efficient LEDs are shaping the future of commercial spaces.

    To read more about the study's findings, visit the EC&M website.


    64% of U.S. Electric Vehicle Charge Points to be Residential Units
    The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) over the next several years will be accompanied by a significant build-out of EV charging infrastructure, including public, private, workplace, and residential charging equipment. A recent report from Pike Research, titled “Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment,” forecasts a total of 4.7 million charge points to be installed globally from 2010 to 2015; however, the clean-tech market intelligence firm expects the mix of charging station types will vary significantly by region.

    To read more about EV charge points, visit the EC&M website.


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Cites Spartech for Violations at Illinois Facility
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has filed a list of citations against Spartech Plastics LLC, Evanston, Ill. OSHA cited the company with 16 serious safety violations, including exposing employees to electrical shock hazards. Proposed penalties total $54,500. The citations were publicized Sept. 21. The company had 15 days from receipt of citations to take action.

    As a result of an inspection that began in March, OSHA issued the citations to Spartech for failing to provide proper training on lockout/tagout of energy sources, failing to conduct required inspections of forklifts, failing to provide required guardrails on work platforms and stairwells and failing to implement lockout/tagout procedures for electrical equipment. The company also received one non-serious violation for failing to have covers on electrical equipment openings.


    Call for Papers





    Pulp & Paper Industry Committee 2011 Technical Conference

    The Pulp and Paper Technical Operations Committee (PPIC), a technical committee of the Industry Applications Society (IAS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is seeking formal technical papers, panel groups, and tutorials to be presented at the Annual Pulp and Paper Industry Conference to be held from June 19-23 in Nashville, Tenn. Technical papers are requested on practical topics related to the application of electrical technology and equipment used in the pulp and paper industry, such as process control, engineering, and maintenance. Authors must submit abstract or draft to the program chair by October 25. Further information about the committee, as well as a detailed authors guide, is available at www.pulpandpapercommittee.com.


    Shows & Events
    WE10
    The Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference will take place from November 4-6 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for sessions at this year's event include relaunching your career, communication, management strategies, and negotiating. For more information and to register, visit the WE10 website.


    Code Change Conferences Are Coming
    The 2011 NEC is coming. Will you be ready for the changes? By attending one of EC&M's Code Change Conferences, presented by NEC expert Mike Holt and sponsored by EC&M University, you'll learn everything you need to know about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you're an electrician, electrical engineer, electrical designer, plant/facility electrical maintenance person, or electrical inspector. Check out the following conferences for a location and time that's right for you.

    • St. Louis October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside Chalet
    • Chicago November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
    • Seattle November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
    • Philadelphia November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
    • Boston December 7-8, Venue to be determined
    • Orlando December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

    If you're a registered professional engineer and attend one of the 2011 NEC Code Change Conferences, you'll be granted professional development hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing. The program is also certified as an approved provider of Code Update training by those states requiring continuing education hours for re-licensing of journeymen, master electricians, and electrical contractors.

    Register now to attend one of the these events. For more details on the conferences and a full program, visit EC&M's website.


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